Donna Maize to lead Kansas City's fire department, first woman to hold the position

KMBZ News Staff
November 20, 2019 - 1:00 pm
Headshot of Donna Maize, new Fire Chief for KCMO Fire Department

Kansas City, MO - A woman will lead the Kansas City, Missouri, Fire Department for the first time in its more than 150-year history.

The KCMO City Manager announced that Donna Maize, serving as interim chief since September, would be elevated to the position of Fire Chief full time.

“I think my best asset is the fact that I am pretty good at being collaborative with other people,” Maize said when she was named interim chief.

Maize is a 26-year veteran of the department, and most recently served as the assistant city manager for public safety.

“I thrive on the positivity I receive daily from the department and see a renewed sense of purpose in our responders,” Maize said.

Her father previously served with the department. Maize joined in 1992 and moved through the ranks from firefighter to assistant fire chief.

“Chief Maize is clearly a great leader, and has proven her abilities in every job she’s had,” said City Manager Troy Schulte. “As a second-generation KCFD firefighter, she understands the legacy and tradition, while bringing modern management skills to the department.”

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